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Frozen Trees in Lisbon, Portugal by Like Architects

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Article source: Like Architects

“FROZEN TREES” is a temporary installation for Christmas lighting in D. Pedro IV square in Lisbon. It builds an illuminated, frozen and fractal Christmas landscape that affects and alters the path of passers by.

Thirty cylinders – structured, self-sufficient streetlights – are placed throughout the square, drawing a new landscape and context and inviting the visitors to new spatial experiences.

Image Courtesy Dinis Sottomayor

  • Architects: Like Architects / Diogo Aguiar + Teresa Otto
  • Project: Frozen Trees – Ephemeral Installation for the Christmas Lighting of the Square D. Pedro IV
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (, MUDE – Museu do Design e da Moda (
  • Construction: OutrosMercadus
  • Photography: FG+SG Fotografia de arquitectura | Architecture photography, Dinis Sottomayor


Casa dos Cubos in Tomar, Portugal by EMBAIXADA arquitectura

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: EMBAIXADA arquitectura

Since the last decade of the xx century, it has been usual, especially in the old Europe, the commission of projects demanding the conservation, renovation and conversion of constructions from a recent and distant past and from the most diverse typologies, and cultural matrices – This Interior architecture often becomes a field of experimentation for architectural ideas and one of the most challenging themes of the contemporary city. Not only because of urban conditions but also because of historical, social and political demands.

Image Courtesy DMF

  • Architects: EMBAIXADA arquitectura
  • Project: Casa dos Cubos
  • Location: Tomar, Emio, Portugal
  • Team: Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina Mendonça, Luis Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Sofia Antunes
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Pedro Fragoso Viegas (Civil Engineer)
  • SEWAGE AND WATER ENGINEERING: Rui F. Mendonça (Civil Engineer)
  • ELECTRICAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERING: Augusto Luis Marcelino (Electrical Engineer)
  • MECHANICAL ENGINEERING: Luís Andrade (Mechanical Engineer) HEATING AND ACOUSTICAL STUDY Nuno F. Oliveira, Miguel P. Freire (Civil Engineers)
  • FIRE CONSULTING: Ana Salomé (Civil Engineer)


Polikatoikea in Oporto, Portugal by Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Article source: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares

‘Polikatoikea’ seeks a compromise between a greek rule (polikatoika) and a swedish philosophy (ikea). The project is an (almost) politic move that seeks the densification of the city through a low-cost construction targeting a young and unattached client. (On a conceptual level) the project attempts to provide an idea that fights the ‘desertification’ where, in face of an unstable economic conjecture, the low cost appears as a possible (and affordable) solution. Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares.


  • Architect: Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares
  • Name of Project: Polikatoikea
  • Location: Oporto, Portugal
  • Competition: Open ideas competition (1st prize)
  • Organizers: Origami architectural competitions
  • Dates: November 2011 / January 2012


Spinpark – Cultural and Enterprise Center in Guimarães, Portugal by Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Article source: Cerejeira Fontes Arquitectos

The building is designated to house small and medium sized technological companies and a cultural space. It is expected to be a cultural reference and the nest for new companies in a new technological park.

The site was characterized as an empty space with very little references. There is a master plan which hasn’t still been executed.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Santo Eduardo di Miceli)


House in Lagos, Portugal by Mario Martins

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Mario Martins

In the south of Portugal, in Lagos, a house has been designed on steep and difficult land, but with a stunning view over the west coast of the Algarve.  The strong sunshine coming from the west also determined the position and character of the house.

The architectural project is determined by technically developed solutions, using sustainable geothermal energy and integrated smart home systems.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Mario Martins
  • Project: House in Lagos
  • Location: Lagos, Portugal
  • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2007-2010
  • Architectural Project: Mario Martins
  • Team: Rui Duarte, Sonia Fialho, Rita Rocha, Paulo Baptista
  • Construction company: Lagoportico
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra


Bluetube Bar in Porto, Portugal by DOSE

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: DOSE

The BLUETUBE BAR presents the TUBE-IT system as a feasible and flexible low-cost constructive resource. This system is based on the assembly of “corrugated tube” and “plastic clamps” and it has recently been tested in the construction of a temporary bar for the annual academic festival in Porto – [Queima das Fitas do Porto 2010].

Bluetube Bar

  • Architects: DOSE
  • Project: Bluetube Bar
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Team: António Martins, Carlos Foyedo, Luís Grilo


Chão das Giestas House in Guarda, Portugal by AVA Architects

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Article source: AVA Architects

The house evolves having the planimetry of the city (Guarda-Portugal) as a background. The place, in peripheral context, is profoundly different from the center because of the recently urbanization, the natural territory was depersonalized by the topographic changes caused by that. The existing public space is builded without an organisation that matches the topography of the place, forcing an artificial and uncharacterized lotting, Nowadays, there are different morphologies and typologies of construction.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Atelier Veloso Architects (AVA-Architects)
  • Project: Chão das Giestas House
  • Location: Chão das Giestas, São Miguel – Guarda, Portugal
  • Client: Dr. Alípio António Ferreira Monteiro
  • Architects Design: Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso
  • Project Date: 2003
  • Construction: 2004-2006
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra
  • Photographic Production: Sérgio Guerra
  • Engineers: MBJ – Projectos de Engenharia Planeamento e Arquitectura, Lda.
  • General Contractor: Orestes & Gomes, Construções Lda.
  • Constructed surface: 320,00 sq m


Clubhouse in Braga, Portugal by Topos – Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda.

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Article source: Topos – Atelier de Arquitectura, Lda.

On the site, a extremely inclined wall of schist, a staircase and a ruin overrun by vegetation… In the distance, an old farmhouse overlooking the valley of Lima River, between Mount Madalena and the town of Ponte de Lima. Around, a golf course under construction.

Club House


Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal in Oeiras, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The main goal of the project was to create a building integrated in the urban context and providing the construction of public space visually connecting the city and the park.

The site plan is located in a park area in the middle of a neighborhood with public buildings, like a Day Care Elderly Centre and a Public Swimming Pool. The building offers public space and paths connecting the different parts of the city and opening it to the community.

Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal
  • Location: Portela de Carnaxide, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Project data: International public competition – 1st prize, 2008
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Oeiras (Oeiras Municipality)
  • Total Built area: 5 000 sq m (53 820 sq ft)
  • Construction cost including stage equipment: 2 000 000 Euros ($ 2 776 000 USD)
  • Design Team: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay and Tiago Santos with  João Falcão, Joana Barrelas, Luís Cruz, Hugo Nascimento, Ângelo Branquinho
  • Lanscape architecture: GLOBAL – Arq.ª Inês Norton
  • Structure, foundations and services: AFA Consult


Day care and Elderly Residential Centre in Oeiras, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The project is located between in an urban area with a residential neighbourhood mainly with social housing for low income families uphill and an area with various public buildings at the lower part of the valley. The elderly day centre is in between these rather different social, programmatic and physical realities, thus celebrating both its private and public character.

Building with the surrounding landscape

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Day care and Elderly Residential Centre
  • Location: Oeiras, Portugal
  • Project data: Open national competition – 1st prize, 2002, completed 2007
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Oeiras (Oeiras Municipality)
  • Total Built area: 5 000 sq m (53 820 sq ft)
  • Construction cost: € 4 000 000 euros ($ 5,705,198 USD)
  • Competition stage: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, Patrícia Ribeiro with Catarina Anastácio and João Roldão.
  • Basic design: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay, Patrícia Ribeiro with Ana Duarte, Catarina Anastácio, João Roldão and Marta Frazão.


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